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Fashion Careers: Meet Buffalo Exchange Associate Area Manager, AJ!

AJ is an Associate Area Manager for Buffalo Exchange

What was your Buffalo path?

As a Buyer at the Dallas store, I was very eager to learn and share my knowledge. I would ask my managers for training and request to share style/trend reports. After a year as an Assistant Store Manager, the Store Manager position became available and I jumped on it! Growing through each position has given me a lot of insight. 

What have you become better at?

Taking feedback. I would get defensive or feel that I had to give an excuse/reason for everything. Eventually I started to understand that without feedback, positive or negative, I wouldn’t grow. 

What’s your favorite Buffalo find?

A blue floral vintage jacket. The funny thing is that I have yet to wear it. It’s just sitting in my closet, waiting for the special moment to shine, but makes me happy every time I look at it.

What are you interested in? Any hobbies?

Anything creative. I love redecorating my place or those of my friends/family. I’ve also been getting into watercolors — very therapeutic.

What media have you been into?

I just finished reading Deepak Chopra’s The Path to Love and started Alex Haley’s Autobiography of Malcolm X. I’ve also been watching Sister Sister on Netflix — takes me back to my childhood. Love it!

What’s your favorite Five Points of Power?

Be accountable for your own experience. It brings the ownership back to you. You have the power to make each decision in your life.

What advice has been the most meaningful to you?

Don’t take anything personally. Each person’s experiences mold them, and they respond to things differently because of that. Instead of taking things personally, I try to work on being more understanding.